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  • May
    05
    Interpretive Summary: Influence of environmental factors and genetic variation on mitochondrial DNA copy number


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    This study investigated the genetic and non-genetic factors associated with mtDNA CN in a beef cattle population of 2,371 animals using whole-genome sequencing at low depth.

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  • Apr
    27
    USDA report says food prices will continue to rise


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service (ERS) has published the Food Price Outlook, 2022 report, using data from the February 2022 Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index. The report found that food prices are expected to increase drastically over the next few months.

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  • Apr
    27
    USDA establishes final rule for organic dairy


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the highly anticipated Origin of Livestock final rule for organic dairy. The amendment to the rule is said to increase uniformity in the origin of livestock production practice for organic dairy animals and reduce variance between the approaches taken by certifying agents.

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  • Apr
    27
    USDA announces resources for meat and poultry industry


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced additional resources to increase and expand meat and poultry processing capacities. Up to $23.6 million is available to processors for technical assistance through the Meat, Poultry Readiness Grant program (MPIRG program).

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  • Apr
    27
    US Japan reach trade agreement regarding beef


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    “This is a win-win for American ranchers and Japanese consumers,” said United States Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel. “It ensures certainty for years and shows American beef can compete and win anywhere anytime.”

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  • Apr
    27
    Senate passes Ocean Shipping Reform Bill


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    The act seeks to resolve supply chains and ease shipping backlogs. It is important to note, that differences exist between the House and Senate versions, which will require dialogue between the two chambers.

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  • Apr
    27
    Prop 12 goes to the Supreme Court


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    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has announced it will hear the case brought by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) against California’s Proposition 12 (Prop. 12). “It's a very exciting decision, it means the Supreme Court is interested in reviewing whether or not what California has done here is constitutional,” said Travis Cushman, Senior Counsel for Public Policy at AFBF.

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  • Apr
    27
    Pork producers request congressional support


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    “Challenges facing our industry continue to evolve, and we hope our efforts this week help lawmakers understand why these issues are so important to the livelihoods of producers and the future of our industry,” said Terry Wolters, NPPC president.

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  • Apr
    27
    Feeding the Economy Report released


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    To measure the total economic impact of the sectors, the analysis also includes the direct and indirect economic activity surrounding these industries, capturing both upstream and downstream activity. For example, when a farm equipment retailer hires new employees because farmers are buying more tractors, experts consider the new salaries an indirect impact.

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  • Apr
    27
    DGA 2025-2030 public comments open in April


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    The DGA provides science-based advice on what to eat and drink to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and meet nutrient needs. It is designed for policymakers and nutrition and health professionals to help all individuals and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.

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  • Apr
    27
    Dairy groups encourage improving nutrition security to USDA


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    Earlier this year, USDA announced transitional standards that will begin in the school year (SY) 2022-2023, running through SY 2023-2024. The goal is to give schools time to transition from current, pandemic operations, toward more nutritious meals.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Incomplete degradation products of galactomannan from Sesbania cannabina modulated the cecal microbial community of laying hens


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    The health and nutritional status of poultry are largely interconnected with the gut microbiome, which directly or indirectly affects gut morphology, nutrition, and immune responses.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Oxidation of amino acids, glucose, and fatty acids as metabolic fuels in enterocytes of post-hatching developing chickens


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    Glucose and fatty acids have long been regarded as the primary sources of energy for the absorptive epithelial cells (enterocytes) of the avian small intestine. However, little is known about the use of amino acids for ATP production in these cells.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis of bovine primary myoblasts through the PI3K-Akt signaling pathway


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    Pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is a critical candidate gene that affects bovine stature and height. Past studies have focused on correlations between PLAG1 and quantitative traits.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Calcium-sensing receptor is not expressed in the absorptive enterocytes of weaned piglets


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    The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been identified as a nutrient sensor along the gastrointestinal tract and plays a pivotal role in food digestion, nutrient absorption, and energy metabolism.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Oxidative stress biomarkers and free amino acid concentrations in the blood plasma of moderately exercised horses indicate adaptive response to prolonged exercise training


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    Performance horses are subjected to numerous stressors. These stressors may subsequently impact their overall performance. The present study measured oxidative stress biomarkers in the blood of exercising horses.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: CCK and GLP-1 release in response to proteinogenic amino acids using a small intestine ex vivo model in pigs


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    Understanding which dietary amino acids (AA) may impact the release of gut hormones involved in the modulation of feed intake, such as cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), can help improve pig feed formulations.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Evaluation of optimal dietary calcium level by bone characteristics and calcium metabolism-related gene expression of broilers from 22 to 42 d of age


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    The present experiment was conducted to evaluate an optimal dietary Ca level by bone characteristics and Ca metabolism-related gene expression of broilers fed a corn-soybean meal diet from 22 to 42 d of age.

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  • Apr
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Equine enterocytes actively oxidize L-glutamine, but do not synthesize L-citrulline or L-arginine from L-glutamine or L-proline in vitro


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    The amino acid arginine (Arg) is a precursor for the synthesis of multiple biological molecules including nitric oxide, polyamines, and creatine that are involved in cell proliferation, cellular remodeling, dilation of blood vessels, and phosphocreatine production for a readily available source of energy.

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  • Apr
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Polyamines protect boar sperm from oxidative stress in vitro


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    Boar semen preservation and artificial insemination are widely used in the pig industry. Although preservation in vitro prolongs sperm lifespan, reactive oxidative species (ROS) also accumulate in sperm with the increased preservation period.

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